About Us

A family firm for over 100 years

John Duckworth and family have been Funeral Directors for over 100 years, remaining a family business throughout. The company have an unrivalled reputation for providing an exceptional level of service, respect and dignity, which is often said to be in a 'class of its own'.

Meet Our Directors


Daniel Ackerley

John Duckworth

John Duckworth

Kayren House

Kayren House


Four Generations of Funeral Care

The Duckworth name has been synonymous with the highest standard of Funeral care for four generations. Yesterday's traditions are integral to our service, whether it’s paging the cortège or the wearing of traditional funeral dress, we are proud to uphold the standards of generations passed whilst looking towards the future.

Our head office, private chapels of rest and unique memorial suite are situated on North Hylton Road, Sunderland, with an additional branch at The Nook in South Shields. Our reputation, exceptional service and attention to detail often means we also conduct funerals and serve families on a much wider geographical scale throughout the North East, including Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Teesside and surrounding areas.

With our in depth knowledge and experience, we often undertake and arrange repatriations to and from various countries and do so on a regular basis.

We are licensed members of the British Institute of Funeral Directors, which is a society only open to qualified Funeral Directors. In fact, our Principal Funeral Director, Daniel Ackerley, is one of the few recipients in the country to receive the prestigious British Institute of Funeral Directors and National Association of Funeral Directors Scales Award. Daniel is often invited to contribute to the media on funeral and bereavement related issues.

Sir Ken Gibson, South Shields

"Thank you to everyone at John Duckworth Funeral Directors for making the funeral arrangements and the day itself go so smoothly. Everyone has been quite superb and incredibly professional and helpful."

Golden Charter